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2008 National DNA Day Online Chatroom Transcript

This is just one question from an archive of the National DNA Day Moderated Chat held in April 2008. The NHGRI Director and many genomics experts from across NHGRI took questions from students, teachers and the general public on topics ranging from basic genomic research, to the genetic basis of disease, to ethical questions about genetic privacy.

can a gene that can cause harm, be eliminated or "shut off"
     Les Biesecker, M.D.: Researching the clinical and molecular delineation of human malformation syndromes. Scientists are hard at work at this - there is hope for some diseases where the mutant gene product (protein) can be reduced in level or shut off by siRNA, short interfering RNA molecules.
Alpharetta High School in GA (9th grade student)

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